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Strike on Thursday: Taxi, auto union to protest against web-based cab services in Mumbai

20,000 taxi drivers and 15,000 auto drivers are going to join the morcha on Thursday

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
November 17, 2015 2:57:26 am

COMMUTERS in the city will have to find alternative means to reach their destinations Thursday as taxi and auto drivers associated with the Swabhiman Union will be on a strike to protest against private cab operators.

“We will take a morcha to the Andheri office of Ola and lock their premises. Their services are unauthorised as they have no permits from the RTO. Because of them our drivers are making a loss. Since the government is doing nothing, we will take action,” said KK Tiwary, Mumbai President of Swabhiman Union.

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According to Tiwary, 20,000 taxi drivers and 15,000 auto drivers are going to join the morcha. The state government had brought out a notification for a ‘City Taxi Scheme 2015’ in September and sought suggestions and objections from the public.

Among other things, the new rules had stipulated that a GPS device would have to be fit in the taxis and not just on the drivers’ phones. Taxi unions have been protesting against web-based cab- services for a long time now. Swabhiman Union has already gone on strike twice this year, once in June and again in September.

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